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Needs of autistic boy raised at PM's questions
Prime Minister David Cameron answering questions in the House of Commons
"I know how tough it is to get what your family needs," said the PM.

The Prime Minister, David Cameron, has said the family of a Nottinghamshire boy with autism should fight to stop his speech therapy being withdrawn.

The case of Dylan Scothern was raised in Prime Minister's Questions by the Labour MP for Gedling, Vernon Coaker.

Mr Coaker said the six-year-old had his speech and language therapy support taken away by Nottinghamshire Community Health because "he's too old".

The prime minister said: "You have to make the fight."

Mr Coaker asked what he should say to Dylan's mother Rachel.

The prime minister responded: "I'm sure the honourable gentleman will work as hard as he possibly can to help that family to get the therapies that they need.

"We are producing a paper on special educational needs which will try and reform the ways these things are done and make it less confrontational.

Dylan's mother tells BBC East Midlands Today she is outraged by service cuts

"I know as a parent how incredibly tough it is sometimes to get what your family needs."

In November 2010 Dylan's mother Rachel told BBC East Midlands Today she was outraged the speech therapy service was being withdrawn as part of NHS cuts.

Dylan received regular assessments which the family said is vital to his progress.




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